Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
Saturday, April 28, was a very special day for friends of Adams Christian School in Wyoming, MI. That afternoon Adams marked her 50th anniversary as a PR Christian School. This celebration was marked with a program featuring, in part, two different speakers. First, Mr. Ed Ophoff, Sr., a parent who over the years has sent five of his children to Adams, spoke about the blessed privilege of being able to send children to our own Christian schools. Some would say we sacrifice to do so, but Mr. Ophoff saw it as anything but a sacrifice. Really, what greater calling could we as parents have? This short word of encouragement was followed by Prof. R. Decker (class of ’55) speaking on the theme found in II Thessalonians 2:15, “Therefore brethren, stand fast, and hold the tradition which ye have been taught.” The students of Adams also provided a special number when they sang, “Great is Thy Faithfulness” and Psalter #247. Mr. Don Doezema, a former teacher and principal at Adams, along with vocal help from his wife Judi, also a former teacher at Adams, presented pictures of Adams from the past to the present. Mr. Pete Hoekstra, current principal at Adams, concluded the program by asking various classes and teachers from past years to stand. The celebration continued with an open house and a chance to greet old classmates around coffee and various picture displays of the past 50 years at Adams. For you parents who are now paying school tuition, you might be interested to know that Adams’ first tuition schedule back in 1950 was set at $2.25/week for one child either in kindergarten or grades, $3.50/week for two, or $4.00 for three or more. One more item of interest. On June 10, 1998, the first two third-generation students graduated from Adams. Indeed, we can only humbly pray that God will grant us grace to be faithful to that calling that we all share in, to train our children, not only in Adams, but in all our schools. God has wonderfully blessed us.
On April 6 the students and teachers of Hope Christian School in Redlands, CA presented their annual spring program. They presented various recitations and songs with the accompaniment of different instruments, including piano, organ, four flutes, and trumpet. They developed a theme appropriate for spring, “All Nature Praises God.”
Supporters of our two Christian schools in Iowa were invited on April 27 to a concert performed by the 6-9th grades of the Hull and Doon PR Christian Schools. There were numbers sung by each choir, some band numbers, and some combined choir numbers.
Young People’s Activities
On Sunday afternoon, April 22, the Young People’s Societies of our churches in the west Michigan area were invited to an Easter Mass Meeting hosted by the two young people’s societies of the Hudsonville, MI PRC. Mr. Angus Stewart, a fourth-year student in our seminary, who also attends Hudsonville, spoke to the good-sized gathering from Ephesians 4:7-16on the theme, “Spiritual Maturity for Young People.”
We can be thankful that the Lord continues to give us open doors in the Eastern U.S.A. On Friday and Saturday, April 20 & 21, Revs. Jai Mahtani and Ron Cammenga were the featured speakers at a Mission Conference in Lanham, MD, sponsored by the Grace Presbyterian Church, entitled “Turn to the Living God,” a conference on Reformed Evangelism that is biblical, confessional, covenantal, and personal. This conference was attended by almost 50 people. Five messages were presented and there were five question and answer sessions. At the conclusion of the conference Rev. Cammenga went to Pittsburgh to preach to the saints there. Rev. Mahtani remained in Lanham to preach at the Grace Presbyterian Church, and Rev. Marty VanderWal, pastor of the Covenant PRC in Wyckoff, N.J., who also attended the conference, flew on Saturday to Fayetteville, NC to take his turn spending two Lord’s days there.
The Ladies’ Guild of the Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, Al—berta, CN invited all the women of their church, along with all the women of neighboring First PRC in Edmonton, for a day of fellowship together on May 3. Rev. Michael DeVries, pastor at First, was asked to give a meditation, which was followed by a noon luncheon.
The Martha Society of the Hull, IA PRC invited all the ladies from their church, as well as surrounding congregations, to join them on April 24 to hear Rev. Steven Key, their pastor, speak to them on “The Fruit of the Spirit.”
The Hope PRC in Walker, MI formed a new trio of Revs. J. Slopsema, R. VanOverloop, and M. VanderWal, from which to call a man to be minister-on-loan in the E.R.C.S. At a congregational meeting held on May 6, Rev. VanderWal was elected to receive that call.
The Lynden, WA PRC extended a call to Rev. Kleyn to serve as their pastor.